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Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2010

In 2009, FedEx Ground was involved in 50 class action lawsuits, including 21 that had been certified as class actions.

Most of the class-action lawsuits were consolidated for administration of the pre-trial proceedings by a single federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

— Jill Dunn



Man pleads guilty to cargo theft

John Raymond “Johnny Ray” Smith Jr., 50, of Mableton, Ga., pleaded guilty June 3 to three criminal charges for his role in a $3 million interstate cargo theft ring.

He faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 17.

Smith pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy; a count of buying, receiving and possessing goods stolen from an interstate cargo shipment; and a count of money laundering while taking part in the theft in cargo over a five-year period.

The ring targeted retail shipments for Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s and Best Buy, stealing from trucks parked at motels, truck stops, rest areas and storage facilities, according to court papers.

According to court records, Smith and others still being sought by investigators bought stolen goods and sold them through retail facilities he operated in Georgia.

— Staff reports



CSA 2010 schedule revised

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has changed its schedule for rolling out Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010. Here are the important dates:

• Now until Nov. 30 – Motor carriers can preview their own data by seeing their roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).

• July – The four partial test states will join the five test states that have fully implemented CSA 2010.

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